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From: "Bob Cunning" <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Ordering Certificates (was Marriage in Romford,June 1/4 1865)
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 23:58:56 +1100
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The only time I tried to buy a Cert. from a local Register, I asked if they
accepted plastic in payment. I received a polite letter telling me, in
essence, that they were too busy to search for old certs. I always use GRO

Cheers, Bob in Melbourne

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From: "Firebird" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 9:29 PM
Subject: Re: [Ess] Ordering Certificates (was Marriage in Romford, June 1/4

> The Quineys wrote:
>> Hello Eve
>> I am intrigued by your comment about never ordering marriage
>> certificates from the local record office. I have been led to believe
>> that this is the *best* place to order from as they have been
>> transcribed from the original the least number of times and therefore
>> most likely to be accurate.
> Local *register* offices can be better for the reason you give, but
> with marriages you usually have to know the church where the marriage
> took place. A record office is an archive and they don't issue
> certificates from there although they may be able provide a photocopy
> of a marriage entry albeit at a far higher cost than that charged by a
> register office or the GRO. Again, you'd need to know the parish
> involved in order to find the church. Not all record offices will
> take photocopies because of possible damage to the spine of the book.
> If the applicant has found the marriage in the GRO indices, then it
> means there are a lot of churches to be checked. So, for that reason,
> it's better to use the GRO for marriage certificates.
> However, in the case of the Romford marriage, Sheila *did* know the
> church, St Edward the Confessor, so she will be able to go to the
> register office for the certificate.
> So, whilst Eve's advice was sound, it wasn't wholly accurate.
> I always use the GRO for all my certs, simply because I find it easier
> in the main.
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